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Thank you very much. I just did, he is happy but he was freaking out because he can see himself in the reflection from glass tank when I have the tank led lights on. I am searching online now what I can do to fix it or if he will calm down if he will realize it just glass? I remember I heard too much "puff up" will stress betta fishes.Polyrhythm said:You'll want to move him there if you already added the TSS, that way your cycle can start (iirc it takes around a couple weeks to do a fish-in cycle with TSS). He'll be a lot happier with more space too.
Thank you so much for your help, I learned a lot. I will get the API master test kit, I was just looking online for the ammonia testing strips after I read more about the cycle. Now I just need to figure out how to relax Blues when he sees himself from glass reflection. Do you have that kind of issues with glass tank before? Thank you.Demeter said:Keeping him in the 1gal tank isn't going to do him any good as neither tank is cycled. You may as well move your boy to the 5gal as it will be easier to maintain and keep him healthy while you go through the Nitrogen cycle. Adding the Safe Start isn't going to cycle the tank, but it will get it going. You will need to do water changes more than once a week until the bacteria colonies get established in the filter media. Keeps testing the water daily and if there is even a tiny bit of nitrite then do a 50% water change.
The test strips don't seem to test for ammonia and if there are nitrite then there will also be ammonia which is also harmful to fish. You have zero nitrates which further indicates the tank isn't cycled. A cycled tank will have at least some nitrates, usually around 20. You should get some sort of test that does ammonia as well, I recommend the API master test kit, which is super accurate and tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrates, and pH. Once you get the tank cycled you only have to do once a week water changes.
As for the fungus, it might not of actually been fungus. If it was floating in the water then I doubt it was fungus, the stuff that was attached to him could of just got snagged on his fins and stuck there. Usually fungus in bettas (excluding fin rot which is usually black and on fin edges) will effect the fins and you will see bits of the fin being covered in fuzz and then it will fall off. Fungal issues only arise due to bad water quality and stress, so as long as the water stays warm, stable and fresh you shouldn't have any problems.
thank you. I am using tetra easybalance plus and safestart plus. I've read about the prime and I think I will get the master kit and prime from Amazon unless I can find them at pet store tmr. So, once the tank is cycled, do I only do water change when nitrite and ammonia is not 0? Or on schedule change 20-30% weekly? And when I change water, do I put both safestart plus and prime in the new water and then add them in? Do I wait a little before put the new water in? I just want to make sure I do everything right!Bizarro252 said:Good to hear your are going for the API master kit, WAY more accurate, and you need something that will measure ammonia as well
I read through the above but didnt see anything about a water conditioner, are you using something to get rid of chlorine from your tap water? If not you will need some, I recommend Seachem Prime.
Keep an eye on your Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate levels, daily since you have a fish in there. Do water changes to keep your ammonia and nitrite levels in check, Once you see these two stay at zero without needing a water change to do so, and you Nitrates start to rise you are cycled
As for the reflection thing, I had a betta that had that issue, I never did find a solution, he just stopped caring after a while. If he is flairing so much that he is stressing out maybe turn the light off and just have ambient light from the room, that should cut down on the reflection inside the tank.
Thank you very much. I am sorry for your fish. Blues says thank you tooChloe676 said:Definitely not velvet, he obviously just has a naturally gold belly. My fish had velvet and the weakest one was dead within 12 hours of me realising. Blues is super cute, good luck with your cycling!
Once the tank is cycled you won't see any ammonia or nitrites, and you only will need to do a water change once a week. I'm not sure how much though because I only own goldfish and would imagine bettas water change schedule is differentNaiomi said:thank you. I am using tetra easybalance plus and safestart plus. I've read about the prime and I think I will get the master kit and prime from Amazon unless I can find them at pet store tmr. So, once the tank is cycled, do I only do water change when nitrite and ammonia is not 0? Or on schedule change 20-30% weekly? And when I change water, do I put both safestart plus and prime in the new water and then add them in? Do I wait a little before put the new water in? I just want to make sure I do everything right!
Thank you for the reflection tip, I am going to see tmr when the room is bright and see how to adjust the lighting for the reflection. Thanks again!
Thanks, Once a week is perfect, I like to be on scheduleChloe676 said:Once the tank is cycled you won't see any ammonia or nitrites, and you only will need to do a water change once a week. I'm not sure how much though because I only own goldfish and would imagine bettas water change schedule is different